Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: Yes, the Honda Civic receives a lot of complaints because so many were sold. And sure, car parts only last so long and things eventually break. But it's never good to see this many transmission complaints, especially when the average mileage at failure is just north of 100,000 miles.

Especially when you consider that it's predecessor also has a nasty history with transmission complaints.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,180 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2002 Honda Civic wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2002 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 182008

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles


I purchased 4 tires from Goodyear and with less than 22,000 miles on the car it began to shake when I reached a speed of around 60 mph. Six times in three months I took the car to Goodyear on water St. In syracuse, NY and they rotated and balanced the tires. Still shaking I took it to my mechanic who drove the car and inspected the tires and three of them were defective. He replaced the tires for me and I took the old ones back to Goodyear. They just looked at them, called akron, Ohio and I received a phone call stating I could received a voucher for $139.92 for a future purchase of tires. They were told by the manager that there was nothing wrong with the tires. Again, I feel the consumer is being taken advantage of, particularly a woman. I could have caused a severe accident and hurt myself or other people on the road.

- Camillus, NY, USA

problem #4

Sep 152005

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Tread beginning to separate on 3 out of 4 tires. These are Firestone fr 690 tires. I am in the process of replacing all four tires due to the significant tread separation. Firestone has offered a small credit to replace with same brand tires. I will probably not take the credit due to the fact that I am going to switch brands.

- Toms River, NJ, USA

problem #3

Mar 092003


  • miles
I have 30,000 miles on my car and already my tire tread has worn down completely. I was under the impression that tires are supposed to last 50-70,000 miles" also, my front brake pads are already in need of replacing. I do mostly interstate driving and rarely use my brakes, what is the deal"

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #2

Jun 052003

Civic 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,900 miles
Original equipment tires on 2002 Honda Civic. With just under 16,000 miles, mostlt highway, the tire tread is worn off. The tires have been rotated 3 or 3 times, and inflation checked regularly.

- Edmond, OK, USA

problem #1

Oct 172002


  • miles
The Honda dealer repaired my Firestone tire with a plug. Later the repair did not hold. I took it to the Firestone store and he said a plug was an incorrect and unsafe way to repair the tire. I then took it to a Goodyear store and he told me the same thing. I returned to the Honda dealer and told him my situation; whereupon he said the tire people were trying to sell more tires and everyone knows plug repairs are the most efficeint way to repair a puncture by a nail. Can you comment on the Honda dealer's remarks" are there any regulations by the NHTSA about repairs to a tire with a plug" your attention to this question is greatly appreciated. Harold V.webb

- Akron, OH, USA

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